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New Web Event Featuring Research Fellowship Award Winners

Attend a webinar presenting the findings of six Research Fellowship Award winners. This webinar will be divided into two parts.  Part 1 will be held on 8 October at 0830 CDT and will cover “Fracturing Fluids, Improved Hydrocarbon Estimation and Role of Microfractures on Hydraulic Fracturing.”  The presenters are Reza Barati, Zoya Heidari, and A. Dahi-Teleghanii. Part 2 will occur on 15 October at 0830 CDT and will examine “Advances on Sparse Representation of Reservoir Properties, Fluid Characterization Methods for Steam-Solvent Co-Injection, and Full-Resolution Simulations of Multi-Scale Processes.”  The presenters are Behnam Jafarpour, Ryosuke Okuno, and Rami M. Younis.

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What our members are saying…

I joined SPE in June 1987, on the recommendation of a senior staff scientist at Conoco.  I had just finished overseeing the design and construction of a water technology test centre in Scotland’s Orkney Isles, and I was lucky enough to be invited to attend an SPE Forum on water treatment in Crested Butte, Colorado.  The discount that SPE membership provided was more than offset by the discount given when attending this event, which taught me early on that SPE membership gives good value!  The 5 days I spent in stunning Colorado surroundings was one of the richest learning experiences I have encountered, and I started to build a strong network of colleagues who remain friends and business associates in the international oil and gas industry to this day.

I have since attended various SPE fora, applied technology workshops and similar events, which have all proved valuable learning experiences.  The events are established by engineers, for engineers, with the very professional support and coaching of SPE staff.  SPE has also been an important part of providing quality and value for an increasing number of industry conferences and exhibitions, including of course OTC and Offshore Europe.

My career has now spanned 31 years, all of it associated with technology and intellectual property management.  I spent the first decade of my career working in Scotland, after which I moved to Norway, which has been my home for 21 years.  I have seen “both sides of the fence”, having worked for a research and development organisation and then an equipment supplier, before moving to positions with several international operators, including my current employer Statoil, where I have been since 2009.  I have travelled extensively with my work, and have met members of the “SPE clan” all over the world.

As my career has developed, it has been a pleasure starting to pay back what was so generously given to me in my early work years.  I have presented at and participated in SPE conferences and workshops all over the world.  Something that gives me particular pride is the opportunity to chair or co-chair the first four SPE advanced technology workshops on subsea processing, held from 2006–2012 in Italy and Norway.  This baton has now been passed on to new and (slightly) younger talent!  The next event will be held in Brazil in 2015, which emphasises the international nature of our industry, and the global span of SPE.  I remain a member of the SPE Projects, Facilities, and Construction Advisory Committee.

I fully intend to remain an active and supportive member of SPE in my future career, and have just noticed that the year in which I am scheduled to retire is the year I will reach the 50-year SPE Legion of Honour (or Honor, for my US friends)!  I look forward to the next two decades of SPE membership, and hope that this testimonial inspires others to join SPE and become active members, with all the benefits that this can provide.”

Simon Davies
Statoil ASA

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New Web Event on Human Factors

Attend a web event on “Human Factors in Drilling: Are there practical tools for use at the wellsite?” presented by John Thorogood on 12 November. The purpose of the webinar is to present the concept of Threat and Error Management to the audience, to engage with them and to seek their feedback as to whether this approach is viable in today’s operational climate.

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New Web Event on Occurrences

Attend a web event on “Meeting the Challenges of Effective Occurrence Investigations” presented by Maury Hill on 5 November. Occurrences (accidents and incidents), whether they take place in the transportation industry, health care settings or in highly industrialized plants, occur regularly and all too frequently, sometimes with fatal and disastrous results. Occurrences place a great burden on organizations, their workers, and at times the general public. This web event will be of interest to all those interested in developing an effective investigation system, and in developing skills in effectively investigating the causes of accidents, incidents and unsafe conditions in their environment.

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New Web Event on Global Decommissioning

Join Jim Christie on 16 October as he discusses global decommissioning. How do you go about decommissioning three interconnected offshore platforms in the UK North Sea, comprising almost 100,000 tonnes of topsides and 40,000 tonnes of jackets, together with abandoning over 100 wells and hundreds of kilometers of pipelines? Carefully, and unless you want to break the bank; differently! There are three important “C’s” to consider: Compliance, Collaboration, and Contracting. More information »

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New Web Event on Vent Gas Management in Upstream Oil and Gas Operations

Listen to a live webinar on “EPA Subpart Quad O—Opportunities, Technologies and Solutions for Vent Gas Management in Upstream Oil and Gas Operations.” Presented by Jeff Voorhis and Audrey Mascarenhas, this web event will be broadcast on 23 September. Hear about a new federal air quality rule governing midstream and upstream activity that is now in effect. The rule contains new regulations and revisions to existing statutes, as well as has a major impact on how the Oil and Gas industry has been operating regarding waste gas emissions. Vent Gas Management is an area companies need to explore to increase their bottom line and reduce liability. This talk will be on opportunities, solutions and techniques in Vent Gas Management.

Projects, Facilities, and Construction

ATCE—Your destination for the latest in Projects, Facilities, and Construction (PFC)

Attracting attendees from around the world, ATCE offers expanded and enhanced programming for PFC professionals. This dynamic conference and exhibition will feature best practices, future trends, and the newest tools and technologies.

Learn and network at one or more of these special events focused on PFC.

• Separations Technology Special Session

• Projects, Facilities, and Construction Dinner
• Topic: Decommissioning

• Projects, Facilities, and Construction Paper Sessions

• Flow Assurance Special Session

Browse the conference website to learn more and register.